Centering Prayer

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The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a receptive, deep method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

Click for Method of Centering Prayer brochure.

Also Available:
Centering Prayer:  A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God click to View in Store
Self-guided online course: Centering Prayer - Introduction click to View Details

Documents

Method of Centering Prayer
Staying Connected
30 Years of Grace and Gratitude
Az Odaadás Imája, Centering Prayer Brochure, Hungarian translation
Centering Prayer 12-step Outreach
Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina
Centering Prayer Baen samlpykkisins, Centering Prayer Brochure, Icelandic translation
Centering Prayer Brochure, Korean translation